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Fun things to do with kids over spring break

Instructor and sculptor Tom McGuire assists Gabriella Santos, 7, with her kinetic foam sculpture in a spring break art class at CityArts in 2010. For spring break 2016, CityArts is offering Passport to Art, weeklong exploration of art forms of different countries, for ages 6 to 15.
Instructor and sculptor Tom McGuire assists Gabriella Santos, 7, with her kinetic foam sculpture in a spring break art class at CityArts in 2010. For spring break 2016, CityArts is offering Passport to Art, weeklong exploration of art forms of different countries, for ages 6 to 15. File photo

Students who are on spring break next week can take advantage of a broad range of activities at attractions and institutions across the city. Some last all week long, some only an hour; some require enrollment; some are free. Many leave room to pick and choose across a broad menu. Check out the list of the activities below and get planning.

Spring Break Youth Programs at the Wichita Public Library for children and teens, one-hour programs starting mostly at 2:30 p.m. Mon. through Fri.; see wichitalibrary.org for topics, times and locations or call 316-261-8512; free.

Week of Heroes at the Museum of World Treasures, themed crafts, camo face painting, letters to service members, K-9 dog demonstrations every hour on the hour starting at noon, talks by veterans, meeting local heroes; museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., special programs 11:30 a.m. and noon Mon.-Tue. (Legion Riders Ride-In 11:30 a.m. Mon. on the Plaza), noon and 1:30 p.m. Wed. through Fri., 835 E. First St.; included in admission; for schedule see www.worldtreasuresblog.org; 316-263-1311.

Artcation at the Wichita Art Museum, art projects, movies, gallery guides, games, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 1400 W. Museum Blvd.; $1 students, free for ages 5 and younger, regular admission for adults; www.wichitaartmuseum.org, 316-268-4921.

Wildlife Week at Great Plains Nature Center, come-and-go crafts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; hikes 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Fri.; programs 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Fri. and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tue. and Thu., 6232 E. 29th St. North; free; no registration required; www.gpnc.org, 316-683-5499.

Passport to Art, weeklong exploration of art forms of different countries, from folk-art dolls to retablos to origami, ages 6 to 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., CityArts, 334 N. Mead; $40 per day; bring a sack lunch; www.wichitacityarts.org, 316-350-3245; early drop-off and late pick-up is available.

Critter Camps at Kansas Humane Society, activities, crafts and playing with shelter animals, morning and afternoon sessions, 3313 N. Hillside; $25 per session or $100 for the week, scholarships available; www.kshumane.org, 316-220-8709.

String Break Edventures at Exploration Place, grades kindergarten through fifth, rock out with musicians and create music, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon. through Fri., $35 a day, $30 members; discounts available for the whole week; 300 N. McLean Blvd.; www.exploration.org, 316-660-0620.

Spring Break Fun Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter crafts, cookie decorating, macaroni and cheese for lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu., Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 6000 E. Harry; free; 316-685-4451.

Lawn-mowing clinic for girls and boys in fifth through ninth grades, 1-3:30 p.m. Wed., Extension Education Center, 21st Street and Ridge Road; $10; register at sedgwick.ksu.edu or 316-660-0100.

Kansas Aviation Museum, open special hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon. through March 20, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd.; included in museum admission; kansasaviationmuseum.org, 316-683-9242.

How to be a teen hospital volunteer, come-and-go information session for ages 14 and older, 9-11 a.m. Mon., Wesley Medical Center, 550 N. Hillside, Cessna Conference Room (right off the parking garage entrance); free; 316-962-2100.

Steam Spring Break Camp at Wichita Center for the Arts, ages 6 to 11, 1-4 p.m. Mon. through Fri., with before and after care available; 9112 E. Central; $120 for the week, $110 members; www.wcfta.com, 316-634-2787.

Kids Day Out at Wichita Center for the Arts, ages 6 to 11, learn how to paint a character from a movie and watch the movie, 9 a.m.-noon Mon.-Thu., 9112 E. Central; $30 per day, $25 for members; www.wcfta.com, 316-634-2787.

Paint the Towne, painting and fun with the Bug Lady, ages 5 and up, parents can drop off their kids or stay and participate, 1-3:30 p.m. Mon. through Fri., 8037 E. Peachtree Lane; $30; register at www.paintthetowne.com; 316-425-1941.

Annie Calovich: 316-268-6596, @anniecalovich

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